2023-2024 School Year Nurse's Letter


In preparation for the upcoming school year the clinic needs a few things in order to help keep students safe at school.

  • Please review/complete FinalForms for each of your students prior to the first day of school
  • Provide current action plans for students with asthma, seizures, or anaphylaxis as well as needed rescue medications. These need to be in the clinic before school starts. If your student carries their inhaler etc on them during the school day we still need the action plan on file in the clinic.
  • If your child has a food allergy make the cafeteria aware. If substitutions are required a doctor’s order is needed if not already on file.  Contact sally [dot] deehratlabrae [dot] school for cafeteria issues.
  • Medications that are required to be given daily in school require a written doctor’s order. An adult must bring the medication to school.  Do not send medications to school with students.
  • Generic action plans and medication orders are available at the Nurse’s Notes & Forms page.
  • Finally, students in grade 7 need to show proof of a Tdap & meningitis shot, Students in grade 12 must show proof of a meningitis booster shot or, if they were over 16 when the first shot was given, the date of the first meningitis shot. Any K student who was not up to date at the time of registration must provide a current shot record.  All students newly enrolled in the district, regardless of grade level, need an up to date shot record on file also.  Immunization records are due by September 30.

Sharron Harper MSN, RN
School Nurse
sharron [dot] harperatlabrae [dot] school

Immunizations Required for School

As we prepare for the coming school year, parents need to keep the following information in mind regarding immunization requirements for school attendance.

  • Students entering grades K, 7, & 12, as well as students in any other grade who are newly enrolled at LaBrae, have immunization requirements.
  • We do not know yet what school will look like in the fall but we must continue to prepare.
  • Students entering 7th grade must show proof of a Tdap & Menigitis vaccination.
  • Students entering 12th grade must show proof of a second Meningitis vaccine. * If the student is older than 16 & has not had the first Menigitis vaccine they will only need one. Please discuss your child’s vaccination status with his/her healthcare provider.
  • Due to COVID-19 many routine doctor appointments were postponed or cancelled, thus it is important that parents contact their child's primary care physician to schedule vaccination appointments.
  • Shot records are due in the clinic by October 12, 2020.  If you are unable to schedule an appointment until after October 12th due to COVID-19, please let the nurse know what date your student has an appointment. They will be listed as “in process” until vaccine verification is received
  • Shot records may be mailed to school, faxed to 330-898-7808 ( grades 3-12), or 330- 898-1448 (grades K-2), or emailed to Mrs. Harper, the school nurse, at Sharron [dot] harperatlabrae [dot] school

7th and 12th Grade Immunization Requirements

Parents, please be aware there are immunization requirements for students entering 7th and 12th grades.  Please see the details in the PDF below.  Immunization records for ALL new students and students entering 7th and 12th grades are due by September 27, 2019.  If you have questions, please email sharron [dot] harperatlabrae [dot] school (Mrs. Harper.)  Make your appointments early to avoid the rush at the start of school.  Thank you.

Yearly Staff Updates


Parents, schools are required to track the incidence of influenza for the County Health Department.  If you are calling your child off for the flu please keep in mind, for the purpose of reporting, the following are considered symptoms of Influenza:

  • Sudden onset of symptoms
  • Fever>100 degrees
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue

Clarification of Meningitis vaccine requirements for 7th & 12 grade students

Your student may need a booster shot to be in compliance. Please check with your health care provider.

Immunization Clarification

Regarding immunization requirements for students in 7th & 12th grades

  • 7th grade students are required to show proof of having a Tdap booster shot & a meningitis shot (MCV)
  • 12th grade students are required to show proof of a Meningitis booster shot if their initial vaccine was given before age 16
  • If a student is older than 15, and getting their first meningitis shot, they will only require one vaccine
  • The Trumbull County Health Department has added a walk in clinic for students in grades 7 & 12 only on Tuesday September 20th from 12pm-4pm.  The clinic for September 21 is full.
  • The clinic is first come, first served. Vaccine supplies are limited.
  • The TCHD will only vaccinate students if: They are on Medicaid ,they have no insurance, or the insurance they have does not cover vaccines
  • Remember to take your child’s shot record with you if you go to the TCHD
  • If you have questions, call the TCHD at 330-675-2590 #3
  • Shot records are due in the clinic by Sept. 30th

Stomach Virus

We are seeing an increase in the number of elementary students with gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, & “stomach virus” with and without fever.  If your student is vomiting or has diarrhea please keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours.  If symptoms persist dehydration is a risk.  Consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Reporting Off for Flu

Parents, for purposes of tracking influenza activity in the district, refer to the symptoms below when reporting your child off with the flu.  If you child has been diagnosed with respiratory influenza and is under a Doctor’s care please let the school know.  We track the number of reported flu cases and notify district families when the numbers are high.  Refer to for comprehensive influenza information and current state by state flu activity. As always, prevention is your best weapon in the fight against the flu, frequent hand washing, avoiding individuals known to be ill, avoiding crowds, as well as proper rest and nutrition will all help decrease the likelihood of contracting influenza.  Thank you

Influenza Symptoms

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever (

Flu Alert

If you watch the news you have no doubt heard the flu is starting to show up across the country.  The CDC reports it is especially strong in young adults.  Please remember to reinforce good flu precaution habits like covering coughs & sneezes, frequent hand washing, proper nutrition & rest.  For more comprehensive, current influenza information check out the CDC website at:


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